What’s happening in Whatcom County for Sept. 21

The Bellingham Herald

Catch up on the traverse: Runners, bicyclists and kayakers overtook the area Saturday for the Bellingham Traverse. Check out the photo gallery.

Anti-coal unions: While local labor organizations have publicly endorsed Gateway Pacific Terminal, the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point, unions in California’s bay area came out against a coal port planned for Oakland. “Oakland shouldn’t become the dumping ground for dirty, low value cargoes that no one else wants,” a union president said.

Wages slowly rise in Whatcom: The average Whatcom County weekly wage was $811 in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 1.6 percent compared to a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s slower than the national increase of 2.1 percent. Of the 10 largest counties in Washington, Whatcom had the ninth highest weekly wage, ahead of Yakima. King County had the highest average weekly in the state, at $1,391.

Hiking guide: Download the “Snohomish County Hiking Guide,” which features 30 hikes from beach walks to wilderness, for free from the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau. The fourth edition, written by Craig Romano, has several new trails.

Love of the elevator: Some people are really into elevators, especially old ones. Our very own Herald Building apparently has a gem. Check out this video from pnwelevator, who also has a fascination with buses.

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